Fruit Bats Tickets
The American rock band, Fruit Bats revolves around the singing-songwriting talent of Eric D. Johnson. They have released five albums to date and their 2011 album, Tripper, peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Courtesy of their extensive touring, Fruit Bats have gained a devoted fan following. Fruit Bats tickets are likely to be in great demand among rock fans as the group heads on their latest tour. Some of their notable songs include “When You Love Somebody”, “You’re Too Weird” and “The Ruminant Band.”
The group has indulged in folk rock, alternative country and indie folk and is recognized as one of the early entrants in the folk-rock landscape prevalent during the 2000’s.
Band formation and lineup
Fruit Bats are led by singer-songwriter Eric Johnson, who initially formed the band with a couple of other members from his old band. The lineup for the group has changed multiple times over the years with Johnson always remaining at the helm.
Inspired by the Velvet Underground, Johnson formed the indie-rock band, I Rowboat. Along with Brian Belval and Dan Strack, he began to dabble in folk music and this ultimately led to the formation of Fruit Bats after I Rowboat disbanded.
Urged by Califone members Ben Massarella and Tim Rutili to record their own music, Fruit Bats started working in the studios. They released their debut album, Echolocation, in 2001 under the label of Perishable Records. Notable songs from the album include “Glass In Your Feet” and “Strange Little Neck Of The Woods.” The moody rock of this album features electronic and traditional instrumentation. The album only received modest commercial success.
The group toured extensively over the next two years and redefined their lineup. Multi-instrumentalist Gillian Lisee joined the fold and the band began to embrace more pop and experimental rock elements in their music.
Their sophomore album, Mouthfuls, was released in 2003 under the label of SubPop. The album offered a mix of late 60’s and early 70’s inspired folk music with electronic elements thrown in between that made the band’s music highly original. It featured the sweeping pop symphony “A Bit of Wind” and the bittersweet tracks, “Magic Hour” and “Rainbow Sign.”
2005 saw the release of the band’s next album, Spelled in Bones. Rooted in folk and indie rock the album is more polished than their earlier works. The bittersweet melodies of “The Wind That Blew My Heart Away”, the optimism of the closing track “Every Day That We Wake Up It’s a Beautiful Day” and the experimental streak on “Lives of Crime” highlight the album.
Following the release of this album, Johnson took a break from the Fruit Bats and began playing for other bands including Vetiver and The Shins. In 2009 the band returned with another album, The Ruminant Band. The album included prominent songs like “The Ruminant Band” and “My Unusual Friend.”
Tripper and final tour
The Fruit Bats released their most recent album, Tripper, in 2011. The album became their first and only hit on the Billboard chart. It featured noteworthy songs like “Tony the Tripper” and “Heart Like an Orange.” The good natured, earnest melodies featured in the album gained much critical appreciation. Following the success of Tripper, the band has recently announced their final tour before they retire. Fruit Bats tickets are selling hot, get yours before they are all taken.